Tag Archive: State Senator Tony Avella

Jan 06 2013

Senator’s Tirade For Calling Him Out On Dirty Money Scandal

Yesterday I was volunteering at a community event at Flushing Hospital where I saw Senator Avella who stopped by for the photo-op. At first he ignored me, which was fine, but when he cornered me in the hallway that’s when things got ugly.

What Tony doesn’t seem to realize is that I’m incredibly offended that he took money from entities that have dumped tons of waste in Whitestone, and as of this date he has not returned the tainted funds. When I asked if he returned them, that’s when he went ballistic. In his outburst, Senator Avella accused me of not being fair and balanced, but what he doesn’t seem to understand is that it’s not our job to bow down and kiss the asses of all elected officials. Then he accused my work of being obnoxious and tried to harangue me for not disclosing the fact that I pick and choose whom I support for elected office. Tony, I said, it’s written clear as day on the blog if you bothered to look.  He mumbled that it should be more pronounced, a moot point considering there’s an entire page describing my political column and editorial stance.

Fair and balanced? He must be kidding. Go read the Post, the Times, and then watch Fox, CNN, or read the local papers that sell coverage for ad space, you know, because they are fair and balanced.

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Feb 29 2012

Avella Wishes For Diluted Democracy

Do as I say and not as I do.

In a highly publicized letter, state Sen. Tony Avella laments the public address, demands gag order for his colleagues.

At Queens-Politics, we advocate for transparent politics and accountability in public affairs.  Unfortunately, we live in this crestfallen reality where activists must  literally drag people to the polls because most people just don’t care.

At a time when we need to reach out to the voters, is it best to disengage the electorate anymore with a harsh criticism of politico speak? What will your colleagues think?

State of addresses generally aren’t the Gettysburg Address, but it keeps voters conscious by opening a window to see what their elected official has in store for an agenda. Without a state of address, a politician can put together his or her platform piecemeal (a press release here and a buried statement there) or throw it on a website that is rarely updated.

If your motive is to close the dissonance between campaign rhetoric and political efficacy, banning or limiting political speech is not an ideal starting point.

State of addresses should be mandatory because it gives the voters a heads up of the agenda and it’s the best chance we have to uphold a measure of accountable for what is said up there.

Sure they’ll stomp at the bullypulpit,  perform a little theatre maybe beat their chest, but in the end we can see our tax dollars and our votes working for us.

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…Recently, in New York City, we have seen the City Council Speaker, City Comptroller and Borough Presidents all host their own addresses.  It is ridiculous and a complete waste of time and money to set up these events that often seem like campaign speeches without the banners and adoring supporters. 

The shameless self-promotion and grandstanding needs to end.  Our City and State face great challenges that deserve our undivided attention. All these self aggrandizing speeches really only serve to beg the question that with all of these great ideas and accomplishments by these politicians, why do we still face such serious problems?     

Sincerely,

Tony Avella

State Senator

11th Senatorial District

 

 

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